Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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William Marshall was the son of Mr Charles Marshall, coach builder, and his wife, Frances.  He was baptised at the Ancient Parish Church of Saint Andrew the Apostle on April 12th 1814.

It is said that William lost both his Father and his Grandfather within a half hour of each other.

He was subsequently articled to his Uncle, Mr Henry Marshall, a solicitor, in Cornwall Street, Plymouth.  Henry  was also the Plymouth agent for the West of England Fire and Life Insurance Company, of Exeter, and the Brigade's fire engine and horses were kept at the premises, Number 12 Cornwall Street.

William succeeded his Uncle in both roles upon his death in 1838.

Mr William Marshall married Miss Harriet Whiteway on September17th 1844 at the Kingsteignton Parish Church, near Newton Abbot, Devon.

While attending a fire at Messrs Snawdon's cabinet manufactory and upholstery workshops in Union Street, East Stonehouse, during the night of July 22nd 1873, William sustained series injuries from a falling ceiling and joists.  He was treated at the scene of the fire and taken home afterwards.

Mrs Harriet Marshall died at Teignmouth, Devon, on November 9th 1878 at the young age of 58 years.  Her funeral took place at the Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Cemetery, Plymouth, on November15th 1878, when her body was laid in a walled grave.

Mr Marshal's health began to deteriorate.  He had served on Plymouth Borough Council as a representative of Drake Ward and had stood for elections for Station Ward and Frankfort Ward but failed and gave up in 1857.  Following an attack of bronchitis, he passed away at Midday on Tuesday February 28th 1882.  The funeral was attended by his younger brother, Mr John Brake Marshall (1818-1900), a surgeon then living in Nightingale Road, Hackney, London.

He was succeeded as Superintendent of the West of England Fire and Insurance Company's Fire Brigade by Mr Charles James Brooks.